Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Advocacy Toolkit

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Introduction

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)  is a chronic motor skill disorder seen in children and youth, which significantly affects activities of daily living, school performance, and leisure activities. Children with DCD struggle to learn basic motor tasks, such as doing up zippers and buttons, throwing and catching a ball, printing at school, and learning to swim or ride a bike. Effective assessment and treatment should be provided across the lifespan for all children with DCD to improve adaptive functioning (e.g., greater independence with self-care activities, improved written output at school, acquisition of motor skills to enable participation in play and leisure activities), which can have a positive effect on the child’s self-esteem and mental health. 

The objectives of this evidence summary are to provide you with an understanding of: 

  1. the assessment of DCD;
  2. the evidence-based management of DCD; and
  3. tools and resources to assist you in best practice and advocacy work in the management of DCD.

Resources

Webinar

The DCD Advocacy Toolkit: Empowering OTs through Evidence-Informed Practice

Information Sheets

DCD Assessment Information Sheet

DCD Early Identification and Intervention Information Sheet

DCD Treatment Information Sheet

DCD Advocacy Information Sheet

Advocacy Letter Template to Doctor

Letter to Doctor from Occupational Therapist

Advocacy Letter Templates to Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)

Letter to MLA from Occupational Therapist

Letter to MLA from Parent

Letter to MLA from Teacher

Evidence for Practice (E4P) Synthesis

Management of Developmental Coordination Disorder

Evidence

Search PubMed: Developmental Coordination Disorder - Systematic Review

Search PubMed: Developmental Coordination Disorder - Assessment or Diagnosis and Occupational Therapy

Search PubMed: Developmental Coordination Disorder - Occupational Therapy

Search PubMed: Developmental Coordination Disorder - Early Intervention

Links

Child Development & Rehabilitation: Introduction to Management of Developmental Coordination Disorder

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